It's a pain that Nadal is playing around 9pm this evening again UK time. It's totally the wrong time for me. I'd would have liked to have seen some of it at least. Oh well.
TMH, I was saying more or less what you've said to someone a bit earlier on. I'm not sure VDM will show how Nadal is playing really, unless his movement is awful to the point that he really can't play. It seems to me that most of the field, with all due respect, would be intimidated just by the fact that it is Nadal over the other side of the net to be honest, which I think will be enough to get him a couple of wins at VDM.
I suppose there is some logic in testing the knee out and seeing how it responds to playing a few matches, but even then you surely have to wonder if it really will prove anything for sure. I mean, most of the field will surely not be able to get Rafa moving in the way that players in the top ten, and certainly the top three, would.
I was reading something this morning that said Rafa got annoyed with people in his presser going on about his knees. I take his point, he is trying to get on with it and come back. The trouble is that people want to know, so they are bound to ask questions.
He surely can't expect press and public not to ask questions about his knees. It has kept him out of the game for a lengthy period ...prior to which he was at the pinnacle of the sport. Annoyed , more likely, becoz it is a very sensitive issue in his mind....and he is trying to cover over his own doubts.
its all very well playing players who wouldnt have a scoobies chance against him anyway....but the test will be ...not only playing a top 20 player....but the level Djoko and Murray play now they will have him running all over the courts....from what I saw the other day Rafa has a lot of improvements to make. Will be interesting how he reacts to defeat...not so much how he reacts to playing ..frankly..predictably easy opponents. Also...in the doubles match...did anyone else feel that the opponents didnt strike the ball often at Nadal? it looked like they didnt want to be the player who screwed his knees again.